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Haunted be the Holidays by Heather Graham

When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help!

Title: Haunted be the Holidays
Author:  Heather Graham
Series:  Krewe of Hunters #26.5
Publish Date: October 30, 2018
Source: purchased by reviewer
Publisher’s Description: From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe of Hunters series…

When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help! Krewe members must find the victim if they’re to discover the identity of a murderer at large, one more than willing to kill the performers when he doesn’t like the show.

It’s Halloween at the Global Tower Theatre, a fantastic and historic theater owned by Adam Harrison and run by spouses of Krewe members. During a special performance, a strange actor makes an appearance in the middle of the show, warning of dire events if his murder is not solved before another holiday rolls around.

Dakota McCoy and Brodie McFadden dive into the mystery. Both have a
special talent for dealing with ghosts, but this one is proving elusive. With the help of Brodie’s diva mother and his ever-patient father – who were killed together when a stage chandelier fell upon them – Dakota and Brodie set out to solve the case.

If they can’t solve the murder quickly, there will be no Thanksgiving for the Krewe . . .

Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

 

I found this as a part as my Audible Escape package.  I’d never tried Heather Graham, so I figured to give her a shot.  I realize this is #26.5 in the series, but according to the description it is a stand alone.

I wouldn’t exactly believe the stand alone part.  There are plenty of references that I didn’t get.  It wasn’t an impactful book probably because I jumped into the middle of the series.

With that being said, it was a good book.  I got the drift mostly, although characters were a puzzle.  I got confused once or twice but I’m not the sharpest tack in the box either.  Anyway, this series obviously deals with the paranormal.  There were ghosts in this story so I imagine there are other paranormal things in the other books.  This story was a murder mystery.  No sex, no graphic gore but some really good writing.  That shouldn’t be a surprise since this is no indie author.  Heather Graham is well known and prolific author.

I think I’ll give the series a chance.  I feel like I’d be lying if I even rated this book because since it’s part of a series that sort of was a standalone but really not, I can’t really judge.  I thought it was good.  I’ll let you know more after I read more of the series.

 

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A Warrior Christmas by Teresa Gabelman

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey!

Title:  A Warrior Christmas
Author: Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors series #14
Release date: December 22, 2019
Description: Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey!

To have more Christmas fun dive into A Warrior Christmas to see which mate gets the perfect gift and which Warrior Grinch finds his holiday cheer.

 

 

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I’m going to be straight with you.  I was disappointed in this story.  I realize it was a short – 149 pages, but the writing was like a bunch of writers took a character and wrote their Christmas then smooshed all of the works together to complete the book.

It felt weird.  I’d be reading along about one character and at the end of the sentence the next character would start his/her thing.  It was just plain weird.  Fans of the Protectors series will want to read this just to get a Protectors fix, but it isn’t the best work our favorite vampires have gone and done.

There is a bit of innuendo and lead on to sex but no descriptive stuff.  There is a lot, and I mean A LOT of f-bombs dropped.  I didn’t recall that many in prior books, though I do remember them.  There wasn’t any death scenes.  Mostly everything that played out was at the compound and it was warriors and mates talking, growling or kissing one another.  There really wasn’t any development to the story, but it was good for a fix.

I don’t feel that I can rate this story very high since it appears like it was slapped together at the last minute.  Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. It’s still good for a tide-me-over til the next book comes out.

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Viktor by Teresa Gabelman

After having his life shattered by the woman who held his heart, Viktor Valentino put work before everything.

Title:  Viktor
Author: Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors series #13
Release date: April 27, 2019
Description:After having his life shattered by the woman who held his heart, Viktor Valentino put work before everything. Many years later, learning the truth behind his lover’s deceit, his anger shifts to the man responsible for not only her betrayal but her gruesome death. Viktor throws himself into finding him to not only appease his rage but to possibly save humanity.

Lacey Cruz has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s never had the chance to pursue her passion. After being fired from a company she was employed with since graduating high school, she now has plenty of time on her hands.

Lover of all things paranormal, Lacey sets out to do research in hopes that special something will fall in her lap. Something does in the guise of a powerful vampire warrior. What Lacey doesn’t realize is she may be the heroine in her own real-life novel.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This is about the Dark Guardian Victor and a sassy novelist, Lacey.  The beginning starts out hilarious being that Lacey has a blind date with a so -called vampire so she can do research on her romance story.

I learned about Victor and his brother Bishop.  I learned more about the witches – Bonnie included.

There really isn’t much more to say other than the story fits the same template excepting different characters and events.  It kind of feels like the more that is added on to the Protectors series the less viable plots are available.  It was ok.  Not a high rater, but it’s ok.

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Druid Bond by Brad Magnarella

When the deal you need isn’t the one you want.  Everson has a lot of work to do to stop the evil, help the good and keep his family protected.

Title: Druid Bond
Author:  Brad Magnarella
Series:  Prof. Croft #7
Publish Date: September 2, 2019
Source:  Kindle Unlimited on Amazon
Publisher’s Description: When the deal you need isn’t the one you want

To protect Vega and her son from the demon-vampire Arnaud, I’ve secured spots for them in a powerful safehouse. The price? Pledging my services to the Upholders, a group searching for stolen loved ones.

My new teammates are a young minister, a snarky half-fae, a hulking mermaid, and a druid with major control issues. Bonded by said druid’s magic, I couldn’t wriggle out of this deal if I were coated in wizard’s oil.

Now we’re hunting demons in a past version of New York City that’s on the bad side of strange. But I can’t stop thinking about Arnaud. He’s too close to the ones I cherish, and growing more lethal by the hour. He’s also gotten his talons on an enchanted item that could undo their protection.

I need to fulfill my contract to the Upholders and race home. But dangers here are mounting, verging on biblical. If I don’t crank my magic to eleven and become the leader this team needs, I may never see Vega again…

Or hold our future child.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I love Prof.Croft.  He’s a little like Harry Dresden, but has so far kept himself alive.  He’s also got a significant other with a child on the way. The child was a bit of a blind side, but now that I’m used to it, it’s pretty cool.

In this story, Everson is not catching even one break.  Everything seems to be going wrong and when things go wrong it usually means someone dies.  Everson is trying to protect his family from Arnaud the vampire, who has now become a demon too.  What a mess.  Arnaud is still power hungry and has one major objective of killing Everson before he takes over the world.  Problem for Arnaud is that he is being controlled by a demon lord and he has less freedom than he wants.  Arnaud is ambitious and willing to sell his own mother for a step up the power ladder.  The other goal for Everson is to figure out where the “strangers” are taking the captured species for control by demons.  There are druids, mer-people and fae that are having their souls stolen and replaced by demons.  Everson has made a deal to help, but the head Druid is a hard head and absolutely will not listen to Everson’s advice.  He jeopardizes the mission more than once.

This is a fast paced story that has a lot of action.  Everson meets Ricki’s fam, which doesn’t go as well as hoped and, like I said, Everson could not catch a break even if it stood inches in front of him.

Good story.  I give it a 4.

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Killer Among Us by Lynette Eason

Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts.

Title: Killer Among Us
Author:  Lynette Eason
Series:  Women of Justice #3
Publish Date: May 1, 2011
Genre:  Christian fiction
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts. The new partners have hardly had time to get used to each other when they are thrown into a grisly murder case. As evidence mounts up and more victims are found, Kit and Noah realize they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The problem is, he’s hunting one of them too.

With nail-biting suspense, clever plot twists, and a hint of sweet romance, A Killer Among Us is the latest thriller from Lynette Eason. It will keep readers up late as they race to discover the killer–and whether Kit and Noah will live to tell about it.

 

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This book was not on sale, wasn’t given to me, wasn’t in any way associated with a plan.  I saw the title and I liked it and the description.  I bought it on a whim because I needed a story to dive into that had a little mystery to it.  I’m glad I did.  I didn’t know the author, I haven’t read the first two in the series.  Basically, I’ve done nothing but pick up the book and listen to it.

I liked the book.  It was well written and the narrator, Kate Zane, was great.  This is a christian fiction book, with a little bit of romance.  No swearing, no sex and no graphic death scenes.  There were deaths to be investigated and a mystery to solve.  It kept me engaged and even though I thought the mystery was easy to figure out, I enjoyed the story.

The goal of the book was to get the two detectives hooked up.  It was slow, which was reasonable.  The story had an element of thriller to it, but it wasn’t a “edge of my seat” thriller.  Fairly calm, fairly open ended romance.  The logistics of the relationship wasn’t discussed, so I hope that Kit gets to keep her job.  The murderer was uncovered and thankfully, the dog wasn’t harmed.

I give it a 3.5 star rating.

 

 

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